A patron saint of hipsters, creepy photographer Richardson and his handlebar mustache created the underage retro porn aesthetic.
Born in the city and raised in New York and California, Richardson is the son of famed '70s fashion photographer Bob Richardson and former stylist Norma Kessler. Richardson's parents split after his 41-year-old father took up with a 17-year-old Angelica Huston (who Terry says became "like an older sister"). It was after Richardson moved to Ojai, California to live with his mother that he first began taking photos with an Instamatic camera before heading to New York to launch his career. He spent years bouncing around the fashion and skater scenes taking pictures, before gaining widespread notoriety in the mid-'90s when his style of photography-unabashedly sexual images shot with snapshot cameras and little in the way of lighting-attracted the attention of fashion editors and edgy advertisers.
Since then just about every mag on the planet has featured Richardson's work, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. And he remains a fave with fashion advertisers-he's shot campaigns for Gucci, Levi's, H&M, Tommy Hilfiger, Chloé and Marc Jacobs, among many others. He's also become a presence on the art scene. His first show, "These Colors Don't Run" debuted at Alleged Gallery in 1998. Some of the highlights: a 4-foot-by-6-foot portrait of Richardson with semen all over his face and a 12-by-30 photo of a toothbrush inserted in an ass.
His talent for getting close to the line has earned him the devotion of countless celebs looking to boost their indie cred: Actresses and models like Chloë Sevigny, Mena Suvari, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Frankie Raydar, Kate Moss, and Lindsay Lohan have fallen over themselves to work with Richardson, and his style has been relentlessly copied over the years, most famously by American Apparel. Of course, because of the sexual nature of his photographs, Richardson has been accused of sexual assault countlessly, to which Richardson has replied, "Everybody has their trips."
Richardson was married to model Nikki Uberti, though the union ended in 1999. Over the past few years, he's been connected to French stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington, and models Susan Eldridge and Shalom Harlow. [Image via Getty]